National Infertility Awareness Week takes place every year at the end of April as a way to shine a light on infertility for both men and women. Couples who experience infertility often feel isolated and have to go through many barriers when trying to build their family. This week we can spread awareness for something that affects 1 in 8 couples. We can help educate, empower, and encourage understanding to those who may not know.
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When is it?
This year it takes places on April 19-25, 2020
What exactly is it?
This awareness week highlights the challenges and barriers for those who are experiencing infertility struggles. It encourages the much-needed conversation of infertility revolving health care, state policies, and overall education for couples. The silence and stigma that sometimes surrounds infertility topics or diagnoses is what we aim to eliminate. There are so many men and women who would love to hear others say “I understand, me too!” By being equipped and sharing our stories, we can all further the conversation and help provide resources to those in need.
How did this awareness week originally start?
This awareness campaign began by Resolve.org, an organization committed to helping people with infertility reach solutions in their family building journey. The organization began in 1974 when a group of people came together with one thing in common; they needed more support and resources on their infertility journey. They wanted solutions and to be able to share those solutions with others.
Who can participate in NIAW?
It’s for anyone and everyone to spread awareness! Even if you haven’t walked through infertility yourself, you can advocate on behalf of your friends and family. Statistically, 1 in 8 people you know have been affected by infertility and 1 in 4 have lost children or miscarried. Let’s all link arms together to let people know they have the support of a very big community!
What does NRFA do?
The National Registry for Adoption connects embryo donors with adoptive families through an online matching service. Couples who have gone through the IVF process and have completed their families can donate their remaining embryos to a recipient. NRFA also strives to provide educational resources on embryo adoption, embryo donation, reproductive life planning, infertility, IVF, family building, adoption, and much more.
Based on their own experiences living through infertility, the NRFA co-founders created this company in order to help families grow. They know all the challenges and frustrations that come with infertility, and their desire is to make the journey as easy as possible for people to find embryo adoption matches.
For more information on NRFA, please feel free to reach out to our embryo adoption and donation counselors at NRFA.org. The live chat option allows you the opportunity to ask questions in real time and to talk with people who have personal experience in this field.
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